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Christmastime calls for a great party: a time to bring friends together and celebrate! Entertaining can be stressful and all too often, we overthink and overwork ourselves getting ready, or at least I know I do. That’s why this year, I brought you along as I prepared for my Christmas party. I made a lot beforehand so the day of the party was as stress-free as possible.

To finish preparing, I had to make some candied nuts. Honestly, I don’t think it’s truly a party without some nuts placed strategically in bowls around the house for guests to munch on. No matter where someone may wander in the house, I want to make sure they have something to satisfy their hunger.

These candied Cajun nuts satisfy both a sweet and savory tooth. A slightly spicy Cajun seasoning ends with a sweet finish.

A party is most fun when the host can also enjoy the festivities. Isn’t that why we throw a party, anyway: to have fun? A little planning ahead can give you a day of festive cheer with ease! I have loved showing you my preparations for the Christmas season and hope you feel like a part of it all! Merry Christmas!

Watch how to make these candied Cajun nuts

Bowl of candied nuts sitting on white piece of marble with twinkling holiday lights in background

Candied Cajun Nuts

5 from 1 vote
With notes of sweetness and spice, these candied cajun nuts are the perfect snack. Be warned, though: they’ll disappear quickly!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 cups unsalted mixed nuts
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tbsp Cajun seasoning (I use Morton & Bassett (affiliate link))
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Spray a large 13×18 sheet pan with nonstick baking spray.
  • Pile nuts in the middle of the prepared pan and pour on honey, orange juice, sugar, salt, Cajun seasoning, cayenne, and thyme leaves. Mix together and spread out to an even layer on the baking pan.
    3 cups unsalted mixed nuts, ½ cup honey, ¼ cup orange juice, freshly squeezed, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 2 tsp salt, 1 ½ tbsp Cajun seasoning (I use Morton & Bassett (affiliate link)), ½ tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • Bake in preheated oven 18-25 minutes, stirring every eight minutes until the liquid condenses and becomes thick, coating the nuts like a glaze.
  • Remove from oven and cool, continuing to stir and breaking up any large pieces. Serve at room temperature. These can be made one day in advance and stored in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.125cupCalories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 11.2gProtein: 3.3gFat: 8.8gSaturated Fat: 1.3gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 209.6mgPotassium: 126.9mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 8.8IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 18.2mgIron: 0.8mg
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Cajun
Difficulty Easy
Method Baking
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3 Comments

  1. That spread looks absolutely wonderful!! If we ever get to have people over again I am going to try to reproduce your perfect table of goods. The soup looks so good!! Where in the world did you learn to do all this! ?

  2. Hi Kaleb,
    I just made your cajun mixed nuts, and the chex mix. Planning to make Grandma’s peanut brittle and the cocktail meatballs for Christmas day.
    Thank you so much for sharing. I really enjoy you.
    Merry Christmas